Sex 1, Celibates 0: Teams That Banned Sex All Lose at World Cup

Sex 1, Celibates 0: Teams That Banned Sex All Lose at World Cup

Several of the teams that played at the World Cup in Brazil this year had famously banned players from having sex during the tournament. But in the final tallies it appears that every team that enforced the ban lost at the World Cup.

There has long been an argument in sports that having sex just before a big game is detrimental to a player’s performance on the field and it was reported that several countries had chosen to observe the ages-old restriction on sex for their World Cup players.

As Time noted earlier this month, “Sex is banned on these teams: Russia, Bosnia and Herzegovina, Chile and Mexico.”

Other teams had more complicated restrictions allowing some sex in some instances while still other teams had no restrictions at all. But now it looks like all the teams that had a full ban on sex were big losers in Brazil.

As Rick Chandler notes, those that banned “nookie” are already out of the tournament.

“Among those to ban World Cup nookie were Spain, Russia, Bosnia-Herzegovina, Chile, England and Mexico–none of which made it past the final 16. Meanwhile, Argentina, Brazil, Costa Rica, France, Germany, and The Netherlands all allow sex, and all are still alive.”

It should be noted that several teams had no announced policy on sex.

Another important thing to note is that there is no scientific evidence that having sex before engaging in a sport diminishes a player’s performance, either. In fact, during the Olympics in 2012 some were saying that sex before sports is a booster for athletic performance!

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